Small apologies to my regular readers as it seems that I have gone AWOL, but I have not. I do have 4 fun posts for you all, but I have a website that I must get finished and I am not allowing myself the fun of blogging until I deliver the cd to the client.
More Photos: The Dragons at Alex’s; the Warped Tour link; Black Flag at Alex’s
Off Road Racing weekend in the Nevada Desert
Kernels and Poems and Stories
Hopefully, I will have the cd into the client by the end of today, I will go to Renu Nakorn to treat myself, and then I will come back and blog.
My brother Joe wins the award for SuperHero of the month. Two days ago, he replaced my front brake rotors and pads on the little Honda, in trade for me varnishing his kitchen cabinets. Yeah for Joe!
This is a great relief to me, as the brakes were getting worse and worse, continuing to shudder, shake, and generally not brake very well.
When I picked my car up yesterday, my brother showed me the rotors that Big O Tires had put on back in February, and they were blue with heat searing. Joe told me that the rotors and pads were barely worn, but it was obvious due to greasey mechanic hands or a glazing that Big O had put on the rotors, that they were overheating, not getting the proper friction, and thus the car was shuddering and not braking well.
Joe found good German rotors, I forget their names, and installed them properly. I now have full stopping ability, not a sngle shudder or shake. And when an elderly woman in a Mercedes tried to run me off the road today, I was able to brake on a dime. Before yesterday, I would have had a large accident.
Ladies – My brother is a gem and single. He is a “nice” guy with his shit together – not only is he a vice president at a large LA real estate firm, but he can build a car/dune buggy from the ground up! He is an excellent cook, very bright, laid back, and has a great sense of humor.
Yesterday, Friday, August 15th, 2003, my cousin Liam West Kilroy was born to my mother’s brother John and his wife, Catherine. Liam is the 15th cousin/grandkid to my mother’s side of the family.
Here’s the email announcement from my Uncle John:
It’s official! We have a beautiful baby boy!
The newest member of our family, Liam West Kilroy arrived at 8:18 this morning in fine shape. He was just under 8 pounds!
Catherine and baby are doing well and will spend the weekend resting in Santa Monica UCLA Hospital before heading home.
I was over at my brother’s yesterday morning when I heard the announcement via phone. My brother and I noted that it was a fine testament to our step-grandpa, Bill West, to have a baby boy named after him.
May Liam be as calm, strong, opinionated, and delightful as his namesake.
For the laughing sandy haired, freckled faced kid brother of my just-after-college roommate….
Many condolences to Johnny’s (now John) wife Jill, to all of the Berger family, to John’s flight squad, and to the Berger-Hocking family of the LBC. I am very sorry to hear of John’s crash.
The family has set up a MSN group for info.
San Diego Tribune article: Miramar pilot dies in crash of Hornet
San Bernardino Co. Press Release:
On 7-22-03 at about 10:00 PM, USMC Captain John Timothy Berger, age:27, a resident of Santee and stationed at Miramar was flying an F-18 Military jet over the training area located at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms. For an unknown reason his jet crashed in the open desert area of the base and when emergency personnel arrived, he was pronounced dead at the scene. U.S. military officials are conducting the crash investigation. Please refer all inquiries to the the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms.
Here are 3 events that are happening this month that I am very excited about and will be attending.
June 13 – 15, 2003, 9:30am – 5:00pm: An International Three-Day Symposium: Beyond the Legacy of Genghis Khan at Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Leo Bing Theatre. This symposium is free and in conjunction with their excellent “The Legacy of Genghis Khan” exhibit.
June 20 – 21, 2003: The C. S. Lewis Foundation Summer Conference: A Celebration of Mere Christianity. I will be going down and working on Friday and Saturday for the conference, but I am most excited to hear Boston College philosopher Peter Kreeft’s session on friday morning.
Friday, June 27, 2003, 6 – 10pm: Opening Reception of Kim Stringfellow’s Greetings from the Salton Sea exhibition at the Circle Elephant Art, 4634 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-662-3279
Dave “The Chairman” Mau left me a message on my answering machine the other day to tell me of the plans for this year’s Cinco de Mau BBQ, and he told me to tell the world.
Hello World, go to the BBQ, all are welcome.
This year the Cinco de Mau will not be held at Dave’s house but at the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, Dave will be BBQing, and there will be live music. The bands will be Starpool (former members of Save Ferris) and Busstop Hurricanes.
My first Cinco de Mau party was at the Calvin Room in 1999. I went over on Dave’s invitation for a wee bit, as I was supposed to meet Jez at the now infamous Manic Hispanic show at the Foothill. Dave’s party was fun, great bbq, and a pinata with lottery tickets, lemon drops, and condoms in it, I ended up losting track of time and never getting over to the Foothill.
Much better than getting beat on by the Long Beach Police at the Foothill…. (Damn glad that Gabby is sober now…) The stories of the proceedings between Gabby/Manic and the LBPD and the crowd and the ensuing brawl vary depending on who is telling the tale. Rather glad I was eating BBQ in HB. (wimp)
Anywhoo, given that Manic’s show went off without a major hitch on Sat. May 3rd, this leaves the OC club populace free with out debate to hie on down to Detroit on Thurs. May 8th.
Here I am testing my new little blog. Ahhhh!!!! New Horizons for my 25+10 year (officially started 12:22 am on 4/24/03).
I try to give myself a new computer challenge in and around my birthday every year. At SXSW 2003 Interactive, I found myself in various sessions on blogging and wondering about it. I bookmarked many of the panelists blogs and have been reading them ever since. Talk about setting my sites high and trying to keep up with the Dashes, Trotts, Powazeks, etc. Argh…